Renders show two new ZTE concept phones that are practically all screen

Renders show two new ZTE concept phones that are practically all screen
Over the last couple of years, we have seen smartphone manufacturers try a number of different things in order to move a phone's front-facing selfie camera off of the top bezel. This way, these models could come with thin bezels and feature as close to an edge-to-edge screen as possible. It seems that the notch, even the smaller waterdrop variant, could be on the way out. While we have seen pop-up cameras and sliders used, many manufacturers are putting small punch holes in their handsets' displays for front-facing camera(s); with the right wallpaper, any distraction can be minimalized. And while that might be the preferred location for the selfie cam these days, ZTE has a new concept phone that features yet another place to house the front-facing camera.

To allow for the phone's thin bezels, the ZTE Axon V concept device is equipped with a side-mounted 3D camera setup. According to Notebook Italia (via SlashGear), this consists of two sensors mounted on a permanent tab that juts out of the phone along the upper right side of its body. The result is a screen-to-body ratio close to 100%. The ZTE Axon V features a 6.8-inch OLED panel with an aspect ratio of 21:9 (similar to the Sony Xperia 1, Xperia 10 and Xperia 10 Plus), which is done to give the user a more cinematic experience while streaming video.


ZTE says that it will use the extra space created by the dedicated tab to equip the device with a large capacity battery. In case you were wondering, the dual camera setup on the back of the phone is placed normally on the rear panel. Despite its current concept status, there is a good chance that this phone will make it to the marketplace sometime this year. While it does seem like a different, effective and unique way to keep the handset's bezels razor thin, there are some questions. Will consumers mind having an asymmetrical phone? Will the tab get in the way for some users?

Thus far, there is not much information regarding the functionality of the 3D sensors. Besides selfies, they could be employed for some type of facial recognition system on the phone and for any Augmented Reality features.

ZTE has another concept phone that uses a side sliding panel to house the cameras, flash and sensors


ZTE also has another concept phone, the Axon S, that could be mass-produced sometime this year. Instead of using a dedicated tab for the front-facing sensors, the Axon S has a side-sliding tab containing both the front and rear facing cameras, flash and any other necessary sensor. Because the slider carries both the front and rear camera sensors, the back of the phone is a solid panel with nothing on it at all.


Both the Axon S and Axon V employ an in-display fingerprint scanner and the speakers on both models are hidden in the top frame of each unit. The rear-facing sensors on the Axon S include a 48MP primary camera, a 19MP secondary snapper, a 5x optical zoom and possibly a Xenon flash. We should also point out that both concept handsets could support 5G connectivity.

While ZTE was the fourth largest smartphone manufacturer in the U.S. as recently as the first quarter of 2018, the U.S. government's double whammy has removed the company from that position, replaced by Motorola since Q2 of last year. Last April, the U.S. Commerce Department placed an export ban on ZTE, which prevented the company from sourcing components, parts and software from the U.S. The ban was imposed because the company failed to comply with certain restrictions and punishments prescribed by the Commerce Department after ZTE did business with Iran and North Korea, violating U.S. laws. Additionally, ZTE has had its reputation destroyed in the U.S. by lawmakers who have called the company a national security threat, and claim that its devices and networking gear spy on behalf of the communist Chinese government. Even though ZTE has adamantly denied that it collects intelligence for China, we would not expect to see either the ZTE Axon S or Axon V offered in the U.S. by major wireless providers.

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26 Comments

1. shield

Posts: 834; Member since: Sep 12, 2015

Looks awesome :O :O Samsung Galaxy S10 series R.I.P

2. morgeus09

Posts: 104; Member since: Aug 19, 2018

Are you serious? These are most ugliest and ridiculous things ive ever seen. Worse than notches, sliders, pop ups, holes and everything else

4. Subie

Posts: 2354; Member since: Aug 01, 2015

@morgeus09, I think he was being sarcastic...

15. Rocket

Posts: 641; Member since: Feb 24, 2014

Agree with everything that you said except that sliders phones are nice.

3. morgeus09

Posts: 104; Member since: Aug 19, 2018

Waste of time, even energy...

10. User123456789

Posts: 824; Member since: Feb 22, 2019

And money

5. vgking9699

Posts: 189; Member since: Mar 01, 2019

They just invented the first physical side notch outside the screen lol

16. Rocket

Posts: 641; Member since: Feb 24, 2014

Physical notch, lol

6. AngelicusMaximus

Posts: 671; Member since: Dec 20, 2017

I doubt I would ever buy a ZTE phone, but I like this. Takes nothing away from the screen. Good idea.

7. aegislash

Posts: 1476; Member since: Jan 27, 2015

The first one with the permanent side notch...probably the ugliest bezel-less idea yet.

8. Sparkxster

Posts: 1213; Member since: Mar 31, 2017

I'm liking both concepts bring em out ZTE.

9. User123456789

Posts: 824; Member since: Feb 22, 2019

The first looks like elephant ear ...

11. kozza3

Posts: 778; Member since: Oct 17, 2012

Personally the galaxy S8/9 design is where the industry should have stayed

12. User123456789

Posts: 824; Member since: Feb 22, 2019

Nokia 8 Sirocco and Mate 10 look great too. Both 16:9

19. Cat97

Posts: 1861; Member since: Mar 02, 2017

When I look at them right now, their bezels seem huge and out of place.

13. JRPG_Guy

Posts: 140; Member since: Jan 13, 2019

This is worse than the notch

14. bucknassty

Posts: 1325; Member since: Mar 24, 2017

hahaha damn... i kinda liked it... to each his own!!!! lol i bet this ugly thing gonna have some great internals

17. Rocket

Posts: 641; Member since: Feb 24, 2014

The best true bezel less phones will be the note series once Samsung decides to move the stylus to the top of the phone and put the selfie in it, mark my words ;)

18. mel0524

Posts: 71; Member since: Mar 02, 2017

Sliding to feature camera pop up is ok, but not on the side slide is hard to hold a phone when u slide on the side. When sliding up u can use one hand but for side slide it will be for sure u will have to use two hands to take picture

20. Cat97

Posts: 1861; Member since: Mar 02, 2017

How about putting a small mirror under the main camera and get rid of the selfie camera altogether ? What the heck is it so hard ?

24. Sammy_DEVIL737

Posts: 1529; Member since: Nov 28, 2016

My old Samsung S3500 which I bought in 2008 has a mirror under the camera lens to take selfies. Mirror under the camera was great back then.

21. worldpeace

Posts: 3127; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

Okay, I give them credit for being original.. (Not a fan though..)

22. skymitch89

Posts: 1452; Member since: Nov 05, 2010

Sooo...instead of notches, they're going with humps? They should have at least put it on the top of the phone, not the side.

23. monoke

Posts: 1157; Member since: Mar 14, 2015

Loving the creativity of these. Wow a xenon flash and 5x optical zoom! That's what I'm talking about.

25. Guaire

Posts: 885; Member since: Oct 15, 2014

Unique, fresh and elegant. I really like the first one.

26. ShadowHammer

Posts: 201; Member since: Mar 13, 2015

I had a ZTE Axon for 2.5 yrs, and it was a good phone. Only had to replace it when it started getting flaky with texts and calls. My kids still use it as a gaming tablet of sorts. I like that ZTE is trying new things, rather than sticking with the traditional rectangle. I don't care that much about notches or humps, so long as it is reliable and fits in a pocket. Okay, okay, I have a few more requirements than that, but I'm still pretty basic in my wants.

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